Top 5 regrets of the dying

“There is no excuse for anyone who is not illiterate if he is less than three thousand years old in mind.”

The quote above suggests that there is no excuse not to learn from history, however, history tends to repeat itself, and that is largely due to people not learning from the mistakes of others. Below is a list of the top five regrets of the dying, complied by Australian nurse Bronnie Ware, who spent time caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their life.

If your too ignorant to learn from the mistakes of others, then you will likely  suffer the same fate.

1 – I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me – do the things you want to do, go for your dreams. 

2– I wish I hadn’t worked so hard – spend your time on what really matters, spend time with those you love. 

3 – I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings – don’t let chemicals in your brain prevent you expressing yourself. Suppression will lead to bitterness and resentment – illness then death. 

4 – I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends – dearly treasure those who mean something to you. 

5 – I wish that I had let myself be happier – realise when you get caught up in old routines and patterns, don’t let comfort shackle you, laugh, love, live. 

Just think what a shame it would be if you reach the end of your life and you realise you’ve got the same regrets. You don’t have to make mistakes to learn from them. 

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Cultivating Wisdom

In very simple terms, wisdom is applied knowledge. Cultivating wisdom consists of acquiring a broad base of knowledge, understanding how the world works, understanding how you work, knowing how to act, knowing when to act, knowing when not to act, and most importantly taking the right action.

Cultivating wisdom can’t be done overnight, it takes a literal  life time. The cultivation of wisdom is an everlasting process, a never ending feed-back loop of learning, rooting out ignorance, and developing  character.

 

Transcendence/Holism?

Forgive the pretensions of those two words, in regards to this blog, both words refer to the bigger picture perspective. The biggest picture perspective. You will die, life will pass very quickly, and probably the only meaning in life is that of which you attribute to it.

Therefore, instead of psychologically denying those ideas, using avoidance-based coping strategies, or just letting those ideas brush over your head, it’s important to really thoroughly recognise the reality. Meditate on the reality and stain it into your mind, so that you can transcend the insignificant minutiae of everyday life and focus on what’s really important.

Place your focus on what’s important, learn the big ideas, see through the illusions, and get out of your own way.